Infographics: Urban Development in Viet Nam

By | May 2nd 2019|

URBANET’s latest infographic series with interesting facts and figures about urbanisation and urban development in Viet Nam.

Urbanisation in Viet Nam – Urban and Rural Population in Viet Nam | Viet Nam Infographics © GIZ

The graphic displays the steady growth of Viet Nam’s urban population since 1950. The growth of the rural population stagnated in the early 2000s and is projected to decrease over the next decades. Prospects suggest that by 2040 more people will live in urban than in rural areas.

Urbanisation in Viet Nam – Size of Settlements in Viet Nam | Viet Nam Infographics © GIZ

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Satellite Images Can Harm the Poorest Citizens


In Ho Chi Minh City, computer analysis of orbital images overlooks some urban communities. To represent them, cities will have to put boots on the ground.

An aerial view of the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh CityAn aerial view of the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh CityRAKSYBH / SHUTTERSTOCK

Mapping a city’s buildings might seem like a simple task, one that could be easily automated by training a computer to read satellite photos. Because buildings are physically obvious facts out in the open that do not move around, they can be recorded by the satellites circling our planet. Computers can then “read” these satellite photographs, which are pixelated images like everyday photographs except that they carry more information about the light waves being reflected from various surfaces. That information can help determine the kind of building material and even plant species that appears in an image. Other patterns match up with predictable objects, like the straight lines of roads or the bends of rivers.

It turns out to be more complicated than that. When three different research groups (including my own at the University of Southern California) processed almost the same images of Ho Chi Minh City’s rapid urbanization during the 2000s, we produced different results. All three groups agreed on the location of the city center, but mine mapped the city’s periphery differently. That’s the place where most megacities in the global South exhibit their most dramatic physical growth. In particular, we identified more of the informal, self-built housing in the swampier southern area of the city.
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Workers’ rentals: unrealistic policies don’t help

Monday, April 17 2017


Update: April, 17/2017 – 09:00

A boarding house for construction workers in District 2, HCM City. — VNS Photo Việt Thanh

Lê TuyếtHCM CITY – When municipal authorities issued a Decision No.18 in 2011 on granting preferential loans to landlords for building and upgrading houses to rent to workers, it was widely welcomed.

However, six years later, the number of landlords accessing this facility has been very limited, despite the fact that they provide 85 per cent of workers in the city with a place to live.

Phù Nhật Phương, who owns a boarding house for workers on 46-48 Riverside Street, was among the first one to build such a facility in Tân Tạo A Ward, Bình Tân District. Tiếp tục đọc “Workers’ rentals: unrealistic policies don’t help”

Cities not ready for climate change: experts


Update: April, 17/2017 – 09:00

A flooded alley in District 12, HCM City. High tides broke sewer No. 4 in the district’s Thạnh Xuân 25 Street during the rainy season in October last year, flooding the neighbourhood and disrupting the lives of residents. — VNA/VNS Photo Mạnh Linh

HA NOI – Most Vietnamese cities lack the capacity to confront climate change challenges, experts say, calling for greater preparedness efforts.

Cities have to be ready to adapt to new situations and unexpected developments, ensuring essential services to residents at all times, they add.

Surveys done by the Urban Development Agency under the Construction Ministry have found cities in mountainous areas particularly vulnerable to natural calamities. Tiếp tục đọc “Cities not ready for climate change: experts”

Vietnam, World Bank sign $560 million to support Mekong Delta urban development and climate resilience


Vietnam, World Bank sign $560 million to support Mekong Delta urban development and climate resilience

July 11, 2016

 Can Tho, July 11, 2016 — The World Bank and the State Bank of Vietnam today signed agreements for loans and credits worth $560 million for two projects to support urban development, climate resilience and sustainable livelihoods in the Mekong Delta.

Out of the total, $250 million will be used for the Can Tho Urban Development and Resilience Project, to reduce flood risk and improve connectivity between Can Tho city center and the new urban areas, benefiting more than 420,000 urban dwellers, and enhance the capacity of city authorities to manage disaster risk. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam, World Bank sign $560 million to support Mekong Delta urban development and climate resilience”